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The Map of the Sky (Trilogía Victoriana #2)

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New York, 1898. When millionaire Montgomery Gilmore proposes to beautiful socialite Emma Harlow, she accepts on one condition: he must reproduce the Martian invasion featured in H.G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds.

In London, Wells himself learns of certain objects, apparently of extraterrestrial origin, that were discovered decades earlier on an ill-fated expedition to the...more
Paperback, 608 pages
Published August 22nd 2012 by Scribe Publications (first published January 1st 2012)
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Rabindranauth
The mesmerizing sequel to one of the most creative novels I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.

The Map of the Sky once again spins the tale of the adventures of H.G. Wells, an up and coming novelist. But where as the first book in the series focused on time travel, this is a yarn of an entirely different vein. In this book, it's all about aliens.

The Map of the Sky follows a very similar pattern to the one we’re treated to in the first novel of this series, The Map of Time. Except in this case w...more
Jessica Knauss
As I write more reviews, I realize that my favorite books are the devastating ones. The Map of the Sky by Félix J. Palma is devastating almost from the first page. So many times hope raises its meek head only to be struck down by ineffable powerlessness. I don't read sci-fi or horror, and some of the scenes are so terrifying that I sometimes wondered what I was doing reading this thing. Answer: I was compelled. The book addicted me completely and -- I'm not sure if it's because of the length or...more
Wendy Hines
I had the pleasure of reading Palma's book The Map of Time last year so I was excited to get my hands on his new release, The Map of the Sky. Palma has a distinct writing voice, one filled with deception, grace and melodic prose.

The Map of the Sky is told in three parts. H.G. Wells is perturbed about a sequel to his best-selling novel, The War of the Worlds. He didn't write it and he wants to meet the author. But the author shows Wells something that he has only imagined - an alien that was foun...more
Jonathan Scobie
Unfortunately, rather than improving on the best aspects of "The Map of Time", this novel exacerbates its worst features. Yes, length is one of them, but more worrying is the tendency to turn intertextuality into plagiarism. The entire first section set in Antarctica is a palimpsest of that SciFi horror movie classic "The Thing"; while the alternative 1900 set in a London colonised by evil aliens borrows heavily from "The Matrix"; not to mention the fact that both novels simply rework K. W. Jete...more
Lydia Presley
I am completely in love with this series. Felix J. Palma is my hero. Seriously. I loved The Map of Time (which deals with H.G. Well's Time Machine) - so it was inevitable that I picked up The Map of the Sky with anticipation, and thoroughly expecting a story that dealt with Wells's sky-themed book like.. say.. War of the Worlds.

People, I cackled out loud several times as I read this story.

Something I've learned to appreciate, over the last year especially, is how a narrator can make or break a...more
Brooke
I was a really big fan of The Map of Time, which was three separate-but-connected stories about time travel starring H.G Wells as one of the characters. I stumbled across this sequel at the library - it's a bit of the same setup, but instead of using Wells' The Time Machine as the inspiration, this one is all about Martians and The War of the Worlds.

I liked this one a little less than The Map of Time, if only because the first book seemed a little more tightly constructed and clever. However, b...more
Aramys
Dudaba entre tres o cuatro estrellas, al final cuatro porque pesan mas las partes que me han gustado que no al contrario. Esta es una novela que contiene tres novelas, tres partes tan diferentes, que casi son tres historias distintas. La primera parte es la que mas me ha gustado, una expedición a la Antártida llena de aventuras y terror, una primera parte que hacia augurar una buena dosis de emociones el resto de la novela…

Pero no es así. En la segunda parte, la que menos me ha gustado, el autor...more
Jm_oriol
#cifituits #EMDC Terminado. Me ha gustado más que el mapa del tiempo, aun así no termina de convencerme el estilo del autor, con ese narrador/cortador de rollo que se ha buscado. Creo sinceramente que es mucho mejor haber leido El mapa del tiempo antes, sino te pierdes buena parte de la historia, y a la vez es muy incongruente con la historia de Wells en el anterior libro.
Oscar
Esta novela es todo un homenaje a la literatura de folletín y de aventuras, donde se dan lugar algunos de los grandes nombres de la Literatura Universal como son H.G. Wells y Edgar Allan Poe. Pero no estamos ante un libro donde la acción te conduce a una lectura frenética. La novela de Félix J. Palma es pura literatura, es un placer detenerse en cada párrafo de cada página, y donde sí, hay acción, suspense, romanticismo, viajes en el tiempo, terror, pero también una exquisita sensibilidad que re...more
Martha Bryce
If I could be a world class writer, I would want to be a writer like Felix J. Palma or Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Both write beautiful, lyrical, intricate novels that are superbly spun and satisfying tales. Their books are long, so you can stay immersed in the fantastical world they create for a long time. often, i wish that their books would never end and that they could write far more quickly to accommodate my passion for their writing. Now to the story at hand.
Make sure that you read The Map of Time...more
Kelli Lee
Oct 11, 2012 Kelli Lee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Kelli by: me
What a deliciously fantabulous story! And epic to boot! And enthralling and adventurous and science-fiction-y and funny and charming and heartbreaking and uplifting and romantic and delightful and Fringe-y, and well, see, I told you it was epic. The way the narrator addresses us readers as if he had been reading my mind or had a camera affixed to the book watching my every agog reaction, it's just beyond awesome and meta. So freaking meta! I can't even express how much I adore this series, clear...more
Damian Dubois
Herbert George Wells would have preferred to live in a fairer, more considerate world, a world where a kind of artistic code of ethics prevented people from exploiting others' ideas for their own gain, one where the so-called talent of those wretches who had the effrontery to do so would dry up overnight, condemning them to a life of drudgery like ordinary men. But, unfortunately, the world he lived in was not like that. In his world everything was permissible, or at least that is what Wells tho...more
Leanna
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AH
Just wow. HG Wells, Time Travel, "Martians", and more. This book was full of surprises.

The Map of the Sky by Felix J. Palma is a fascinating read. The author is a master storyteller, taking the theme of HG Well’s War of the Worlds and expanding upon that story to create a more frightening tale. What if “Martians” really did land on Earth? What if they really had those deadly tripod machines? What if the “Martians” really did take over Earth following HG Wells’ story?

The beauty of this book is...more
Jeff Raymond
A few years back, I won a copy of The Map of Time through Goodreads, a time travel book that was more an homage to HG Wells than anything else. What started as a strange tribute to The Time Machine ended up being a really compelling story regarding fringe science, quackery, and misdirection that I absolutely loved. When I saw that The Map of the Sky was announced, I quickly preordered it and then basically forgot to read it for a year. Having some time on a plane, I finally gave it a shot, and I...more
Charlotte
Mostly held my interest--H.G. Welles one of the major characters, and that piece worked amazingly well (or Welles...). One of the better post-modern spins I've read in the past decade. The plot suffered from Neal Stephenson syndrome: those extraneous 100-or-so pages that drag things down.
Clare
Mixing real events and characters with fictional ones, the author weaves a complex and riveting tale. Bringing into play the real events of John Cleves Symmes' theory of a hollow earth, the explorer Jeremiah Reynolds who tried to find the entrance to that earth as part of the crew of the Annawan, and Richard Adams Locke's hoax of life found on Mars, Palma tells his tale with breathtaking scope. Aside from the people mentioned above, other real people also inhabit the pages of this book: Edgar Al...more
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
Not really sure what to say about this book...

Like the first, it was told in parts with different parts following different people, and seemingly disparate threads ultimately coming together - though the threads were a bit more straightforward in this one, if I recall correctly.

Also like the first, some of the parts were interesting and others were long and overly rambling and boring.

Unlike the first, though, I felt there were more boring parts than not in this one, and the pay-off just lacked...more
Farah Aziz
All in all, I rather enjoyed undergoing the process of reading this...
Undoubtedly, there were moments - particularly early on - where I found myself gazing confusingly into the cosmos of my ceiling wall, attempting to comprehend the appearance of two plots, one of which would dominate the story. Ignoring that mildly irritating fork in the road of this tale, I continued reading it. Truth be told, it did get a wee bit lengthy and I had to restrain myself from skimming through some parts. The appe...more
Jason Reeser
This sequel is so much like the first book that I could cut and past what I said about the first one and place it here. You can read my review of the first book here.-- The Map of TimeThe Map of Time by Félix J. Palma

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


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Now for "The Map of the Sky"--
Again, Palma sets the action in three sections, which are quite different from each other, enough that it is almost too disorienting. The first part is...more
Anthony
This is the second in a trilogy by Palma, with the first being the Map of Time.

I'm not sure how to describe this book. Historical fiction? Historical science fiction? A love story set amidst horror and destruction? Historical fantasy? While I'm not sure exactly how to categorize this novel, I will say that I enjoyed it. I didn't find it as enthralling as the first book, the Map of Time, but Palma writes in such a powerful way that his writing style and skills overcome any lags in the story.

In 18...more
Nadine
Nachdem ich “Die Landkarte der Zeit” verschlungen, geliebt und oft und gerne weiterempfohlen habe, war ich voller Vorfreude und Hoffnung auf die Fortsetzung “Die Landkarte des Himmels”.
Leider muss ich sagen, dass ich selten so enttäuscht von einem Buch war, Dinge, die ich in Teil 1 toll fand, wie die Art, wie sich der Autor als Erzähler einbringt und dem Leser zum Beispiel ankündigt, welche erzählerische Route er nehmen wird, oder dass er die Privatsphäre eines Paares nicht stören will und stat...more
Nancy O'Toole
After writing the groundbreaking novel, The War of the Worlds, HG Wells has once again been contacted by an amateur author with hopes on selling similar works. Remembering the unfortunate results of panning Gilliam Murray’s works, Wells decides to go with a softer approach, an event that leads him to the corpse of a very real alien. Meanwhile, the wealthy Emma Harlow has grown tired of the parade of eligible bachelors begging for her hand. None infuriate her more than the persistent millionaire...more
Angie Andrewes
Felix J. Palma’s debut steampunk novel, ‘The Map of Time’, was an international bestseller but its release met with lukewarm reviews and it seems that Palma’s follow-up to that novel, ‘The Map of the Sky’, is destined for more of the same. Unfortunately, although this second novel has a lot going for it, it misses the mark in its entirety. Failing to learn from the mistakes he made with his first full-length novel, Palma simply tries to do too much in one book. Even outlining just the plot in le...more
Leo C.
Esta segunda parte de la "Trilogía Victoriana" me ha transmitido distintas sensaciones conforme iba leyendo.
Se divide en tres partes con tres historias diferentes pero relacionadas entre sí. Me ha encantado la manera de narrar del autor, como narrador omnisciente, y la manera de interrelacionar las historias consiguiendo que al final encajaran todas las piezas del puzzle.
Debo decir que no suelo leer libros de Ciencia Ficción y menos aún de "Steampunk". Así que, Félix J. Palma con su trilogía ha...more
Christy Woods
I almost immediately regretted my decision to buy this book (I really need to start using my library membership again). My biggest problem with this book is the use of the omniscient narrator (not my favorite style, though it can work). I felt that I was stepping into some kind of circus sideshow, with the grandiose announcer-style narration. The thing is, it never let up and I began to feel that Palma was patronizing his readers.

I was, also, put off by the prominent role that H.G. Wells play...more
Wendy Dearum
Me resultó muy entretenida, el autor hace gala de una exquisita prosa y sus descripciones son largamente detalladas, confieso que debido a ello, hube de retroceder un poquito sobre algunas líneas para no perder el hilo de tan rica narración.
Raro pareció encontrarme al término de la primera parte con un "final alternativo", mero recurso del gran universo imaginativo del autor, aunque innecesario a mi parecer.
La historia da saltos cuánticos, a veces tan inconcebibles que en algún momento parecía e...more
Sanalith
Another absolutely wonderful novel from Palma, who blew me away two years ago with The Map of Time. In his second book, Palma brings back his phenomenal version of H.G. Wells, who experiences a true alien invasion that heavily follows the plot of his own novel, The War of the Worlds. However, as in The Map of Time, Palma reminds us that nothing is ever exactly what it seems, and the result is a roller-coaster ride with enough twists and turns to keep even the pickiest reader satisfied.

What I lo...more
Rubi
(Ay, casi se me saltan las lágrimas con los agradecimientos...)
Enhorabuena, Félix J. Palma:
Menudo novelón!! No me extraña que haya sido tan disfrutado y tan galardonado. Pensé que iba a ser difícil que esta segunda novela superase a la anterior, pero sin duda lo ha hecho y con creces.
He cerrado la cubierta del libro completamente extasiada. Has movido algo dentro de mí.
Ahora lo único que me queda es esperar a que escribas el tercer libro que cierre la trilogía. Uff, ¡seguro que la espera es ardu...more
Jycel
Entretenimiento puro. Aventuras del estilo del mejor Julio Verne. Emoción tras cada página (y eso que son 739, todas geniales). Romance épico del que no dan ganas de vomitar. Humor muy fino y cuidado. Ciencia ficción con el toque de H.G.Wells (que además es un personaje dentro de la novela). Personajes entrañables con los que empatizas y otros miserables con los que también empatizas.

Todo escrito de manera impecable y con un gusto a lo steam-punk que se disfruta muchísimo. Y engancha tanto que n...more
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Félix J. Palma was born in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain on June 16, 1968. He attended Francisco Pacheco High School and studied Publicity at the University at Sevilla.

His first volume of stories, El Vigilante de la Salamandra (The Lizard's Keeper) showed his ability to introduce fantasy into the every day. He is also author of the storybooks: Métodos de Supervivencia (Methods of Survival), Las Int...more
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